Radioactivity in the environment low, Dumfries and Galloway highest doses

Levels of radioactivity in the Scottish environment have found to be below international safety limits, despite several high profile scares.

The latest monitoring results from SEPA's Radioactivity in Food and the Environment (RIFE) report, which details the results for 2004, shows that the highest doses were received by a group of fishermen in Dumfries and Galloway.

However, even this, which is mainly attributed to historical discharges from Sellafield, was still below the dose limit and not considered significant from a health point of view.

The report also found no elevated levels of radioactivity on Aberdeen Beach for 2004. Sampling from 2005 found traces of radioactivity at a small area of the beach and SEPA are now investigating the source of the material (see related story).

Any findings will be reported in the next RIFE report for 2005, published next year.

David Hopkins.




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